Quote:There are literally dozens of ID and numerous times that retail brands. I would suspect most buyers are foremost concerned with getting the best sounding product (to them) for their money. What sample size are you basing your conclusion on? One? The ST MTM vs a KEF coax you own?
Quote:Last I checked KEF/Authorized dealers sold them for $550/pr. IOW, that is KEFs pricing to account for middlemen, retail, etc.
I'm sure you might be able to get them for $200/pr from the guy selling the "24k" gold chains out of his car at the gas station, but is that a valid data point for comparison?
Quote:"Everyone" would include one of the KEF USA VPs who heard them himself...and was astonished by the selling price. Would you like his contact information to confirm the veracity of this statement?
Now, I'm personally not a believer in the "ID trumps big brand" idea. Actually, quite the opposite. Some may, some may not. Many are still the same exact tragic format wrapped in a prettier package, with more boisterously rabid fanboys - perfect for the mindless. Others aren't.
So rather than generalizations, it might be best to listen to as wide a variety as possible (which may involve, heaven forbid, leaving the house/computer), then decide on a basis of a somewhat wider sampling.